ArmInfo.The Azerbaijani authorities must understand that they will not remain unpunished for serious human rights violations, war crimes, systematic anti-Armenian propaganda and genocidal policies. The Ombudsman of Armenia Arman Tatoyan wrote about this on his Facebook page.
The Ombudsman noted that the issue of bringing to justice all those guilty for war crimes should be in the center of attention of the Armenian government. According to Tatoyan, impunity will lead to new bullying and torture of the Armenian population. Meanwhile, the Armenian government is engaged in holding discussions with judges and discussing issues of criminal prosecution and arrest of some individuals. He stressed that he completed the next stage of the investigation of war crimes and the collection of evidence committed by the Azerbaijani side against the prisoners of war. "It is urgently necessary to consolidate the presented evidence to bring the Azerbaijani authorities to criminal responsibility," Tatoyan said. According to the Human Rights Defender, it should be shown how many Azerbaijanis who committed crimes were identified, how many Azerbaijani soldiers were put on the wanted list, what crimes were committed by the Azerbaijani authorities and what steps are being taken to bring them to justice. "The Armenian government must show that it is engaged in these important issues. It must convey to the whole world what war crimes were committed by Azerbaijan during the war in Artsakh. But the government is now interested in other cases committed. During which the issues of criminal prosecution and arrest of some persons were discussed. I believe that the participation of representatives of the Supreme Judicial Council and some judges in these discussions is unacceptable. Such meetings call into question the independence of the judiciary in Armenia, "Tatoyan said.
The Ombudsman stressed that judges are obliged to guarantee human rights, the right to liberty and a fair trial. "This will be possible only if an independent judicial system operates in the country," Tatoyan concluded.